Jon Favreau Says Iron Man 3 Will Be A Sequel To Thor, The Avengers, Hulk, And Captain America


Though it doesn’t have a script, or even any reported plot at all, “Iron Man 3” does have a release date, May 13, 2013. According to “Iron Man” helmer Jon Favreau, the film will not only be a sequel to “Iron Man 2”, but it will also fit into the larger collage of the Marvel universe, as the action will also follow the stories of “The Avengers”, “Hulk”, “Captain America”, and “Thor”.

The “Cowboys and Aliens” director told MTV,

“I don’t know a lot about ‘Thor.’ I’ve talked to [director] Kenneth Branah. I’ve met the cast members. I had a conversation with Joss Whedon [who is directing “The Avengers”] in passing, giving him my two cents about the film.”

He continued,

“In theory, ‘Iron Man 3′ is going to be a sequel or continuation of ‘Thor,’ ‘Hulk,’ ‘Captain America’ and ‘Avengers.’ This whole world… I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”

Favreau hasn’t seen a script for “The Avengers”, and stated that it is difficult to guess exactly how a movie will turn out because large-scale changes can occur at any stage of the game. That’ll make it difficult to plan “Iron Man 3”.

“The script is one thing, but when you actually see what you land on at the editing room—especially with Marvel where they film, cut, film some more and shape the film.”

So basically it sounds like he’s waiting to see how the surrounding films in the Marvel universe shake out before he can really figure out how “Iron Man 3” come together. Anyway, he’s got other things to worry about, like finishing “Cowboys Vs. Aliens”, which looks great. From the way he talks, it sounds like he’ll be back for the third installment, but he had some disagreements with the studio on “Iron Man 2”, so who knows. It’s still early.

You can watch the entire interview below.

Author: Brent McKnight

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  • Shazam!

    Maybe I’m reading too much between the lines… but that last comment about how Marvel likes to do things sounds a wee bit passive agressive to me! To me it sounds like someone who was very much frustrated as he worked with Marvel and didn’t put too much confidence in them as a company.

    Does he really think that with the amount of capital resting on all of these films that Marvel has no idea about where it’s all going? I think it’s more likely he’s out of the picture… and that’s why he doesn’t know what’s going on.

    • Nix

      As you’ll recall, Jon Favreau had a bit of a tiff with Marvel over salary pre-“Iron Man 2″. I’m sure that soured him on them a tad.

  • Ironfist fan1#rogernator5000

    It’ll be awesome to see all of the members of the avengers in Iron man 3, and it would be kewl if more superheroes make appearances

    • Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I don’t think that’s what he meant. I think he means that IM3 will have references to what happened in those movies, and that world as a whole, and I’m sure they’ll be a cameo or two but thats about it. Avengers is the movie for everyone to be toghether in. The solo movies are just to keep the universe moving and connected.

  • Juggernaut

    There should definately be a few cameos in IM3, but as far as having all of them in it, that would take away from the story. The Avengers and I’m sure it’s sequel’s will be for a big ensemble cast. Let IM3 be about what it should be about, Ironman and his supporting characters. If they had cameos from Ant-Man and Wasp meeting with Tony to discuss Stark technology or Wonderman’s alter ego as a buissiness rival similar to Hammer with a potential set up to his character becoming either a villain for the film or an Avenger that would be cool. The trick now is waiting to see where the story takes these characters in the upcoming films. Once that all shakes out Favreau and the writers can mold the plot and characters to create an appropriate sequel to both the first two IM films and keep the Marvel and Avengers universe consolidated.

    • Theagent0fgod

      Who would’ve said that movies about the Avengers would get so much buzz. The groups were always made of characters that were cool alone but the groups themselves sucked. Because the writters didn’t understand what X-men writters understood, its that those characters have lives, they don’t spend their time in costume waiting for some monster to pop up.

      I believe the same can be said about Favreau’s intentions for IM3, keep it plausible and as realistic as this fictive realm allows it. Stark will meet new people in Avengers and discover things that according to Fury, he doesn’t suspect the unseen will just be known to him. Others that can save the world, new friends to call if he’s in a jam. Cameos to connect the dots.

  • Ulik

    Pretty much IM3 will have to mention what happened in Avengers. They just can’t act like whatever happened in the Avengers won’t affect Tony Stark’s life.

  • Juggernaut

    There will have to be a tie that binds all of the Avengers characters. From what we know, Loki and the Destroyer armor from the Thor film will play a part. I’m sure that Red Skull or another secondary villain from Captain America: The First Avenger will be a part of the mix. Ironman still has Hammer out there who could possibly add to the list of antagonists. At least that is how I’d like things to go. A makeshift Masters Of Evil! Presumably there will be other villains added in the films leading up to The Avengers movie to offset the addition of Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Wasp. There may be some included in The Avengers movie itself. Or the villain could be a totally outside force (like the alien invasion in The Ultimate Avengers animated movie). That plot, while not my ideal scenario, could work. After all the Ultimates are the closest itteration to the movie-verse. Hopefully whichever way they go will end up being what everone has been waiting for, an epic, sprawling, ensemble blockbuster chock full of comic refference and action! AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!

    • Theagent0fgod

      I wish for Avengers that they would write a story about, yes an invading force on earth but part of either the Skrulls or the Kree.

      Then bring the Kree and Skrulls in the context of this big gallactic war in the second movie with earth and the Avengers caught in the middle.

      • Dedpool aka Jiinx

        I think they should start with Ultron for the first Ultron movie. An invasion right off the bat kinda kills escalating the threat. If you start with Hank OYM being a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist creating a robot for use by the military and then have it go rogue, you can set up that being the reason for Pym using his side projects liek Pym particles to help take Ultron down. Then end the movie with the arrival of Captain Mar-Vell of the Kree empire. The second movie would be about the introduction of the Kree (Through mar-vell) and the Skrull invasion, and the third could be tha all out Kree Skrull war with Earth stuck in between.

        • Theagent0fgod

          Good points. They’ve been trying to get the armor technology away from Stark and could end up with Pym’s Ultron instead. But in my opinion after Mar-vell and Super Skrull they should get someone like Thanos for the finale. Someone who can single handedly beat The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. Infinity gems or not.

        • Theagent0fgod

          Good points. They’ve been trying to get the armor technology away from Stark and could end up with Pym’s Ultron instead. But in my opinion after Mar-vell and Super Skrull they should get someone like Thanos for the finale. Someone who can single handedly beat The Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. Infinity gems or not.

  • Thorboy

    I know it’s kind of dangerous but… what about bringing Robert Reynolds a.k.a. The Sentry as a new character in the second movie and make him the villain for the third movie? This could lead to a Siege look-alike movie that sounds EPIC.